Daniel Aldrich in Salon: Gavin Newsom’s new volunteer corps may save lives — but is the risk too high?
by Nicole Karlis, Salon
On Tuesday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Californians for All, a volunteer corps that aims to match healthy people with nonprofits and individuals that need help during this pandemic. The initiative borrows ideas presented in the Green New Deal proposals, which suggested assembling an army of volunteers to work together to improve the environment and adapt to the climate crisis. Except this time, it’s to help those who need it most during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Across the state, Californians are asking how they can help their neighbors during this crisis and we want to channel that energy into our Californians for All service initiative,” Newsom said at Tuesday’s press conference. “Whether it’s volunteering at a food bank to feed older Californians, blood drives or supporting local nonprofits, there’s no shortage of opportunities for Californians to step up and meet the moment.”